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1DeusExLibrus
May 25, 2010, 7:58pm

This group doesn't really seem to see much action. Shame really, kind of hard to share info, etc if no one opens up.

2benjclark
Jun 3, 2010, 11:06am

Sorry, for the delay. I'm pretty active on LT and in ML collecting. I've been moving from OK to MT this past week. The Modern Library collectors are a fairly active group, although it's slown down of late.

3Jon_Speed
Nov 21, 2020, 7:11pm

Let's revive this thing. I cannot believe that the ML collectors have all gone on to their reward.

4sdawson
Nov 23, 2020, 11:27am

Hello
Due to eyesight issues i had to cull most of my ML books
But this is a great and collectible series

5benjclark
Nov 23, 2020, 12:41pm

I've focused my collection, so I'm a little slower to acquire new ones, but I'm still out there collecting!

6Jon_Speed
Nov 23, 2020, 6:17pm

Thanks for responding. I want to introduce the younger generations to this series.

7sdawson
Nov 24, 2020, 9:35am

What I like about the ML books is:

1) The selection of titles is fantastic.
2) The production was great. They have held up very, very well over the decades -- much better than other books published in the same time frame.
3) They take up far less space than other collections, making them suitable for apartments or other smaller homes.

8benjclark
Nov 24, 2020, 12:38pm

I just read back to my earlier message on this thread -- LOL. Wow, that was a while ago! My ML collection has followed me through the years a lot of different places. Each time refining down to what I want it to be. Now in California (for the record).

9rocketjk
Dec 2, 2020, 4:32pm

I'm still here, as well. I still love my MLs, but I only buy them when I happen to stumble upon them in bookstores when they're reasonably priced and have at least a good condition dust jacket. Since I'm not going into bookstores these days, the ML collection is on hold. As others have said, I enjoy the design of the covers, which are somehow at the same time uniform to each other while each being distinctive. Quite a trick! Also, I really like the history of the endeavor, and they way such care was taken in the curating.

10Jon_Speed
Dec 10, 2020, 9:46am

>9 rocketjk: Great point on the history of the publisher and how they curated the collection. I am reading a bit on that right now. Jay Satterfield's The World's Best Books: Taste, Culture and the Modern Library is excellent.

11rocketjk
Dec 10, 2020, 11:32am

>10 Jon_Speed: Interesting. I'd never heard of that book.